Stepping back into a career after a break

3 years ago

Is it even possible? Of course it is because anything is possible. If you had a successful career before you took a break then you definitely have the skills and knowledge to do it a second time. It all starts with positive thinking! Don’t let the negativity and doubt sink in! It’s important to stay confident in your knowledge and abilities so you can easily discuss this and portray it in your body language.

Many women leave their careers for a time to raise children. Some individuals leave careers to focus on other issues in their life that are more important at the time. The reason isn’t as important as what you do as you plan the return to your career.


01. Be realistic

It may not be entirely realistic to start from the exact point where you left off, depending on how long the break. Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule but if you have the right expectations you won’t set yourself up for a big letdown. It’s no different than any other goal you set for yourself and go after. It takes some planning up front to ensure you get the right results in the end.

02. Setting goals

Before you start making calls and submitting resumes, you should first decide what your career goals are this time around.  Are they different? Why did you take a break in the first place? Were you working too many hours or were you burnt out? The reason you left your career could be helpful in determining what works best for you at this point in your life. If you haven’t set any goals then it could lead to a lot of wasted time focusing on things that aren’t leading you in the right direction.

03. Career change

Did you determine during your break that you love creating flower arrangements and are excited about starting a new career in this field? It happens. If you decide that you have a new found passion and being happy is more important than salary then good for you! When your passion is your work it doesn’t even feel like work and what’s better than getting paid to do something you truly love.

With all this excitement about your new career path it’s easy to just jump in with both feet. Before you do, it’s important to take the necessary steps to ensure you’re prepared. Have you done your research to determine possible career paths and how to get from where you are to where you want to be? Will it require additional training or education? Learn as much as possible so you have the right expectations about your new career as you begin your job search.


Taking a break from a career can be a very exciting thing and it can also be very stressful when you decide to jump back in. The longer you have been out of the workforce the more stressful the search can be.

  • It just take a little planning so you have a clear understanding of what you want and what it will take to get there.
  • A lot of networking will go a long way to getting you connected to the right people that can keep you on the right path to your goals.
  • The drive to succeed is what keeps you motivated and moving forward through the ups and downs you may face along the way.

Sometimes the breaks we take from our careers aren’t always voluntary. In these situations, it can take some time and even be tough to bounce back. Read more about transitioning careers after an involuntary break.


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